Operator on track to launch faster trains

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Rail bosses have unveiled new speed signs as they prepare to launch faster journeys between Sheffield and London.

The 125mph signs are part of a £70 million improvement scheme on the Midland Main Line, to allow East Midlands Trains between Yorkshire and the capital to run at speeds of up to 125mph.

The new timetable is launched on Monday.

David Horne, EMT managing director, said: “Faster journeys are vital for economic growth and this investment in track and signalling will help us to provide faster and more reliable journeys.

“These latest improvements highlight how much service levels have improved since franchising began in 1996.

“We’re already offering double the number of services each day between Sheffield and London.

“From Monday, the average journey time will drop to two hours and nine minutes, a reduction of almost 20 minutes from 1996.”